Maya Rudolph’s SNL ‘Mother’ Song Evokes Beyonce, Madonna

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Maya Rudolph opened the Mother’s Day episode of “Saturday Night Live” with a tribute to moms — in each sense of the time period.

Hosting the sketch present’s penultimate episode of the season, Rudolph started her monologue by noting she’s a four-time mother herself. “You’re not just a mom,” forged member Bowen Yang reminded her. “You’re mother,” invoking the time period’s use in queer slang to explain highly effective, aspirational ladies.

“Who me, mother?” Rudolph requested, feigning shock. “You’re right!” The host then launched right into a propulsive dance quantity, strutting via Studio 8H in a reflective bodysuit whereas delivering lyrics like “Oops, I made you dance / Remember that movie where I pooped my pants?”

The monologue additionally featured appearances from forged members Sarah Sherman, Kenan Thompson, Chloe Fineman (and her canine), and Punkie Johnson, who stepped in to ship “a message from the gays.” The efficiency ended on the principle stage, the place Rudolph unfurled a fan in one in all a number of nods to pull aesthetics, together with Thompson’s MC. The track alluded to pop cultural touchstones like Madonna’s “Vogue” and Beyoncé’s “Renaissance: Part I,” which additionally drew on ballroom tradition.

Rudolph presently stars in “Loot,” the sitcom presently airing its second season on Apple TV+. Rudolph performs Molly Wells, a girl whose divorce from a Jeff Bezos-like billionaire conjures up her to channel her wealth into nonprofit work. She additionally seems as a voice actor in “If,” the film written and directed by John Krasinski that enters large launch on May 17. 

As a forged member of “Saturday Night Live” from 2000 to 2007, Rudolph co-starred in recurring sketches akin to “Bronx Beat,” with Amy Poehler, and “The Art Dealers,” with Fred Armisen. She additionally crafted impressions of celebrities and public figures like Beyoncé, Maya Angelou and Donatella Versace.

Rudolph is internet hosting “Saturday Night Live” for the third time since departing the present. She first MCed in 2012 with musical visitor Sleigh Bells, and once more in 2021 with musical visitor Jack Harlow. Rudolph has additionally made a number of cameos through the years, together with as Vice President Kamala Harris.

Next week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” might be Seasn 49 finale, that includes host Jake Gyllenhaal and musical visitor Sabrina Carpenter.

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